Hospital to Benefit from Outstanding Photography

March 2, 2012

Hospital to Benefit from Outstanding Photography

The Stillwater Medical Center Foundation is requesting submissions for its premier photographic art show, to be held in May 2012. Photographers, both young and old, advanced-amateur to professional, are encouraged to submit entries.

The show will be open to the public on May 11 and 12, 2012, at the Stillwater Community Center. Four awards will be selected by judges and show attendees will vote for a “People’s Choice” selection. All awards include a cash prize.

The “Healing Through Art” project began when SMC Foundation board members learned about the positive impact of art on patient well-being and recovery. They became excited about engaging the community to partner with them to bring art into Stillwater Medical Center. Selections from the show, including the award winners, will be utilized to bring art into patient rooms at the hospital

“The research is clear and convincing. Art in hospitals has a positive impact on patients,” Dr. Lee Bird, SMC Foundation board member and “Healing Through Art” chair, stated. “Images that create an appropriate response, such as hope, joy, or dignity, enhance the healing process. Art is also of great benefit to family caregivers, as well as hospital staff and physicians, by helping relieve stress and fatigue.”

An artist can provide up to three entries for show selection. There is no cost to enter, but specific guidelines have been set for the unframed submissions. You can download an entry packet at www.smc-foundation.org, or pick one up at the foundation’s office in the SMC Annex at 6th and Walnut, Stillwater. Entries and documentation can be submitted daily April 9-12 at the Foundation office.

The Stillwater Medical Center Foundation is an independent non-profit that provides fundraising support to Stillwater Medical Center. The vital funding raised by the SMC Foundation allows the hospital to continue its long history of providing quality healthcare to Stillwater and surrounding communities.

For additional information, you may contact Teresa Hopkins or Jeffery Corbett at the SMC Foundation at 405.742.5728.

The mission of the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation is to support the Stillwater Medical Center.  The Foundation, as SMC’s primary fundraising agency, solicits, receives, manages and disburses private gifts for the benefit of Stillwater Medical Center.  Please contact Teresa Hopkins, Executive Director of the SMC Foundation at 405/742-5387.

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